Masahiro Tanaka decides to skip All-Star Game

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Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t going to pitch in the All-Star Game, but last week he was expecting to go to Minneapolis so he could take in the festivities. With the sudden injury to his UCL, all that has changed and Tanaka won’t be attending the All-Star game at all.

“He decided that he wants to treat his arm and try to get ready,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Tanaka could have attended the game as an injured player, but the only thing important to him at this point is his rehab; he wants to be on a mound by late-August for the Yankees.

I think it’s really unfortunate because he had a great first half and he’s not able to be a part of it,” Girardi said. “But for some reason, I think he’s going to get a chance to be a part of another one.”

Some Notes

— We finally have good injury news: Michael Pineda threw a 25-pitch bullpen session in Tampa today and reported no problems. If all goes well, Pineda could be back on a mound by mid-August.

— The Yankees have not announced a starter for tomorrow’s game, but it could still be Chase Whitley, provided he’s not used today.

Jeff Francis has joined the Yankees in Baltimore and as a corresponding move, they sent Matt Daley down to Triple-A. Francis is going to be a part of the Yankees bullpen as their third lefty but he’s can only throw 35-40 pitches or two innings–whichever comes first.

“Right now he’s probably a two-inning guy and another left-hander,” Girardi said. “Maybe he gets stretched out during some games for us. That’s not really what you want, but maybe it happens. It’s just another guy that can give you multiple innings.”

— Joe Girardi will most likely list his starter for Friday tomorrow, although there’s really no rush, considering there are four days off. “We’ve started to talk about it,” he said. “To me, I’m more worried about today than next Friday.”


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